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Balancing the Books: Including women and protecting refugees is essential to realizing small business growth in Jordan

December 7, 2017

It is essential that opportunities for job growth are supported both for refugees in Jordan and the vulnerable communities hosting them. Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) can be a key driver of job growth. Promoting MSMEs could also help to address gender inequality and protection issues for refugees in Jordan. This joint agency paper was written by the LEADERS Consortium of NGOs, which aims to contribute to the economic self-reliance, resilience and stability of Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities in Jordan. It presents research conducted among women and men small business owners in central and northern Jordan on the challenges they face. It makes recommendations on how the Government of Jordan, businesses, the financial sector and NGOs can support women, refugees and Jordanian host communities to start and grow small businesses. 

Risk of Relapse: Somalia crisis update

May 12, 2014

With a third of Somalia's population in need of humanitarian aid, the country is clearly in severe crisis. Although the humanitarian statistics are better than in previous years, most aspects of everyday life for people fall far below acceptable living standards.2.9 million Somalis are in humanitarian crisis50,000 children are severely malnourishedWomen in Somalia face the second highest risk of maternal death in the world1.1 million people are displaced within their own countryOnly 30% of the population has access to clean drinking waterFewer 1 in 4 people have access to adequate sanitationSomalia presents a unique and challenging context where destabilizing factors like conflict and cyclical drought are a regular feature. While gains have been made, communities remain only one shock away from disaster. As we learned in 2011, failure to heed the warning signs of crisis in already fragile communities can lead to tragedy.The international community is in a position now to make a difference in Somalia - as long as funds are available and flexible. Action is urgently needed to address Somalia's humanitarian and development needs.